Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Libraries


University Libraries - Knowledge Unbound!


Web site:  library.oakland.edu
General Information:  (248) 370-2471
Send an e-mail message to a librarian:  ref@oakland.edu


Polly Boruff-Jones

Director, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Library:
Nancy Bulgarelli

Associate dean:
Mariela Hristova

Assistant dean:
Linda Kreger


Professors emeriti:
William Cramer, M.S.L.S., Case Western Reserve University
Indra M. David, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Suzanne O. Frankie, D.P.A., George Washington University
George L. Gardiner, M.A., University of Chicago
Robert G. Gaylor, M.L.S., University of Oklahoma
Linda Hildebrand, M.A., University of Denver
Janet A. Krompart, M.L.S., University of California, Berkley
Mildred H. Merz, M.L.S., George Peabody University
Richard L. Pettengill, M.S., Columbia University
Ann M. Pogany, A.M.L.S., University of Michigan

Kristine S. Condic, M.S.L., Western Michigan University

Associate professors:
Dominique Daniel, M.S.I., University of Michigan
Mariela A. Hristova, M.S.I.S., University of Texas
Elizabeth Kraemer, M.L.S., Wayne State University
Shawn Lombardo, M.L.S., Wayne State University
Misa Mi,  M.L.I.S., Wayne State University (OUWB)
Anne T. Switzer, M.L.S., Wayne State University


Assistant professors:
Keith Engwall, M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (OUWB)
Meghan Finch, M.L.I.S., Wayne State University
Katie S. Greer, M.L.I.S., Drexel University
Amanda Nichols Hess, M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information
Helen Levenson, M.A.L.S., University of Michigan
Shawn M. McCann, M.L.I.S., Wayne State University
Julie E. Rodriguez, M.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh
Emily Spunaugle, M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Stephanie Swanberg, M.S.I., University of Michigan (OUWB)

Robert Burns, Library Technology Services
Rachelle La Porte-Fiori, Circulation Services and Resource Sharing
Eric Condic,  Systems and Strategic Projects


Library facilities

Located in the center of campus, the Kresge Library houses collections of books, journals, reference works, government documents, musical scores and recordings, as well as a wireless network and computer workstations to access an array of digital resources. The library features seating for individual study, rooms for group work, audiovisual rooms, and rooms with adaptive equipment for students with disabilities. The Café features a full range of coffee drinks, teas, and tasty and nutritious foods for on-the-go students.

The Learning Commons offers a combination of PC and Mac desktop workstations, areas for wireless laptop use, breakout rooms with presentation computers and equipment, and areas with modular furniture to facilitate a flexible learning environment for research and creation of knowledge by students. Laptop computers for in-building use may be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

Library collections

The Kresge Library’s collections include more than 747,000 books, electronic and print journals totaling over 40,000 titles, more than 240,000 federal and state documents, and more than 1.1 million microforms.

The Library’s Web site and online catalog serve as gateways to well over 100 specialized and general research databases, and tens of thousands of full-text electronic journals and e-books, covering a wide range of disciplines and research areas. OneSearch, a discovery tool covering all library collections including electronic journals and books, allows for more extensive searching.

In addition to electronic reference resources, the print reference collection includes atlases, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, yearbooks, and other resource materials.

The expansive online and print collections acquired to support the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s curriculum are available to the entire Oakland community.

Special collections include the Hicks Collection of Early Books By and About Women, the Springer Collection of Lincolniana, the Gaylor Collection of GLBT Literature, and the Bingham Collection of Historical Children’s Literature.

Library services

Research assistance and consultations

Librarians provide research assistance in-person at the Research Help Desk, by telephone, by e-mail, and by instant messaging. Librarians also offer customized research consultation sessions by appointment. These in-depth, one-to-one sessions are designed to help students identify and use resources pertinent to their research projects and academic assignments.

Library instruction

As information literacy specialists, library faculty members provide extensive instruction for students on using information resources, constructing effective research strategies, and evaluating information. Librarians also provide customized, course-related sessions in the disciplines, as well as workshops on special topics.

Technology help 

The Library Technology Services team offers technical assistance to students at Technology Help desks located in the Learning Commons on the main floor.  Student technology mentors offer assistance with public computing resources, including over 130 workstations and 60 laptop computers available for in-building checkout. Mentors provide students with support for use of productivity software, printing, scanning, assistive technology, and for network connectivity of students’ laptops and mobile devices. Technology help is also provided for students using the Libraries’ ten media-collaboration spaces, each equipped with computers and large-screen monitors.

Access services

At the circulation desk, graduate students may borrow books for a period of eight weeks with unlimited renewals, unless another borrower has requested the materials. Students may also borrow course materials that have been placed on reserve by their professors. Increasing numbers of items on reserve are available in electronic format. Students may request books and articles not owned by Oakland University through the Libraries’ interlibrary loan service and through MelCat, a statewide resource-sharing system. Requests can be made through online forms available from the library’s website.

University archives

Administered by the Libraries, the University Archives gathers, organizes, and preserves materials related to the history of Oakland University, and includes copies of all dissertations written at OU.